The best thing about The Wolf Road is the voice. Main character and first-person narrator Elka is one badass bitch. She wasn't raised by wolves, but might have been better off if she had been.
Abandoned by her parents after an apocalyptic event, she grew up rough in the woods with a man she called Trapper. He taught her all the survival skills she needed, and maybe a few she didn't. When Elka learns Trapper might not be quite the father figure she thought he was, she lights out on her own on a quest to find her birth parents.
This is a book that feels very much like a Western even though it's set in a dystopian future laid waste by nuclear disaster. It has that brutal but righteous sense of justice about it. There's a lot of adventure, danger, and intrigue, and with just a few hiccups, the action moves along at a good clip.
I haven't had the patience for anything too long, too deep, or too literary for a while now, so I was in the market for a book that would not only keep me turning pages, but give me a reason to pick the book back up when Netflix was calling my name. Elka's dark secrets and rough-as-sandpaper sensibility kept reeling me back in.
With regards to Crown Publishing and NetGalley for the review copy. On sale now!